Generation Tech : The New Era Of Likes, Retweets, And Trending

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Generation Tech A group of girls are sitting at the local Starbucks chatting about their recent profile picture changes. They analyze every aspect of the picture wondering why they have not received as many likes as the others. They obsess over every detail from what they’re wearing, to how they did their hair, and even wondering what they could have done better. So where did the phenomenon of needing instant gratification from strangers come from? In the early 2000’s “social media” really took off with sites like Myspace and then Facebook but, there are even more sites than ever now. All of them are designed to integrate with all aspects of our lives. People can share every part of their day in a number of mediums such as a post, photo, and even video. Because of this our lives have been reduced down to these posts and our self-worth somehow directly correlates to how people respond to the moments we share. This new era of likes, retweets, and trending has had not only a negative effect physiologically but physically on our youth. To really understand the effects we have to first look at the physical aspect of what is called “screen time”. This refers to the amount of time not only spent watching TV but looking at computers, smart phones, and tablets.(Yilmaz) According an article published by BBC “on average a child 5 to 16 spends 6 hours a day in front of some sort of screen.” (Wakefield). This is one fourth of their entire day. This much time has been shown to affect…

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